For the first time in nine years, the Oakdale (9-3, 2-1) varsity softball girls lost to Manteca (12-4, 4-1). The last time Oakdale lost to the visiting Buffaloes was March 18, 2008 when the Lady Mustangs fell in a 3-2 decision to the Manteca team. That same year, Oakdale lost on the road to Manteca 6-5 on April 18. Since then Oakdale was 16-0 against Manteca, until Wednesday, March 29 at home. Oakdale led 1-0 in the fourth inning on an RBI single by Christina Robinette but the lead was short lived as Manteca posted three runs in the fifth inning to take a 3-1 advantage. Starting pitcher for Oakdale Lexi Webb brought Oakdale to within a run on an RBI single to center field in the bottom of the sixth. However, Webb gave up a two run homer with two outs in the seventh to put Manteca up 5-2, which ultimately was the final score. Webb pitched all seven innings giving up eight hits and striking out 10. Oakdale committed three errors in the game.
“A very disappointing game at the plate, as we were unable to make the needed adjustments. We gave them three unearned runs,” said Oakdale Head Coach Larry Loger.
Oakdale took out their frustrations on Lathrop (3-9, 0-5) just two days later with a 27-0 throttling. The Lady Mustangs collected 19 hits and committed no errors in the win. Grace Green pitched three innings giving up no hits and striking out seven. Mariyn Waterman closed the game out with two innings of work striking out four and kept the no hitter intact. The Lady Mustangs scored nine runs in the fourth inning, including a two run home run by Green, who had seven RBI on the day to lead the team. Lexi Webb also went yard going 2-for-2 with five RBI and a home run. Shay Trent scored three runs and Chloe Vierra also scored five runs for Oakdale.
“The players worked through the windy conditions and turned up the offense. Grace and Mariyn pitched a combined no hitter,” said Loger.
Oakdale traveled to Stockton to take on Weston Ranch (1-9, 0-3) on Monday, April 3 following The Leader’s press time and will host Sierra (4-6, 3-1) on Friday, April 7 with a scheduled start time of 4 p.m.
On Saturday, April 1 the team went to T.L. Davis to help out with the OBSA Opening Day 2017 ceremonies. The girls sold raffle tickets and threw out T-shirts to the players.
“We’d like to commend OBSA on their opening day. Our girls enjoyed being a part of the festivities,” Loger said of the players who attended the celebration.
The JV Lady Mustangs took care of business at home against Manteca on Wednesday, March 29 in a 12-1 victory. Manteca took a 1-0 lead in the second inning, but Oakdale tied it in the bottom half of the second and never looked back. The girls scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to cap off the home win. Emily Smith went 4-for-4 with a triple, and Camryn O’Neal batted in three runs for Oakdale. Ashley Martin added two RBI.